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Cleveland Browns Legend Joe Thomas Has Officially Retired

We will miss you terribly, Joe!

March 14, 2018

This one hurts.

As of today, we will no longer be able to watch Joe Thomas play on Sunday afternoons.

According to clevelandbrowns.com --

Thomas, the 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle who personified excellence on and off the field for 11 seasons in Cleveland, announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

“From the moment I was drafted, the city embraced me in a way that I could never fully describe. I am proud to call Cleveland home. The loyalty and passion of the fans is unmatched and it was an honor to play in front of them from the past 11 years. I would like to thank all of the coaches, teammates, staff, fans and everyone who has shown me support throughout my career. Even though I will be hanging up my cleats, I will always be a Cleveland Brown.”

Joe never missed a snap in his entire NFL career.

Through aches and pains, ligament tears and more, Thomas never missed a play over a span that featured 10,363 of them.

We will miss you terribly, Joe!  Have a long and fulfilling retirement!